Key team members
John Robson, Health and Safety Advisor
The best bits for me in my long Kingswood career are knowing that I’ve made a difference. My role doesn’t place me centre stage, but it’s great to see ideas I’ve had or advice I’ve given having a positive impact on the safety of young people. There’s a real thrill in proving that safety management done well helps us to achieve rather than holds us back. I’m proud that Kingswood showcases sensible risk management; the perfect antidote to a ‘cotton-wool culture.’
Eoghan Powell, General Manager at Colomendy
Colomendy has been welcoming guests for 75 years and it’s humbling to be a part of continuing that story. The Mountains, lakes and rivers of North Wales have so much to offer, every day brings something new.
Harley Walker, General Manager at Château de Chantereine
I have been at our historic Chateau for almost 4 years and have loved every minute. The Chateau team are super fun and professional, deliver outstanding Battlefield tours and take our young guests on the best days out. We love visiting the goat farm and the Cathedral in Rouen and enjoy practicing our French whilst at the local markets and supermarche!
Brian Kitson, General Manager at Dearne Valley
Dearne Valley is located just outside Doncaster on the banks of the river Don and the edge of a nature reserve. The newest Kingswood centre, it opened in 2012 following a multi-million pound re-development. Set over 52 acres it offers a range of activities including Watersports, High Ropes, Climbing, Zip Wire, Fencing, Archery and Bushcraft. The centre welcomes a diverse range of guest every year including Schools, Youth Groups, Scouts, Guides and NCS. Working with my dedicated and professional team my role is to ensure that all guests have a safe, fun and educational experience that supports the development of young people.
Paul Hewitt, General Manager at Dukeshouse Wood
I have been General Manager at Dukeshouse Wood for over 12 years. I am passionate about the work that we do, delivering brilliant experiences that build confidence and discover potential; developing young people, challenging their boundaries whilst having fun and experiencing life changing moments. Giving a warm welcome on arrival and making all visitors feel special is so important to us.
Simon Pritchard, General Manager at Grosvenor Hall
The opportunity to provide engaging life changing experiences for young people is priceless. At 52 acres and with 1,000 bed capacity , Grosvenor Hall is one of the largest in the Kingswood portfolio. Open all year round, our family of team, come together as one great team. Our guests come from all around Europe, ensuring that no 2 days are ever the same. We work hard together to ensure that every single guest, group leader, language student, birthday celebrate leave with memories that last a lifetime.
Lee Grey, General Manager at Isle of Wight
It's all about location, location, location. Working on the Isle of Wight is a unique experience, from the ferry journey across the Solent to the amazing Island exploring that can be done in your own time. Taking in the amazing beaches, trying your hand at sailing or revving up for the world famous Isle of Wight festival…to say I love it here is an understatement!
Carol Bone, General Manager at Overstrand Hall and West Runton
I have the privilege of managing two centres on the beautiful North Norfolk coastline. Overstrand Hall, our leading Environmental Field Study centre, and West Runton which offeris a range of activities for primary schools and youth groups. Whilst each centre is very different, both deliver amazing experiences to every visitor in a safe, friendly, family environment.
Henry Teuma, General Manager at Staffordshire
I have been with Kingswood for over 10 years working in different areas of the business before becoming General Manager. The Staffordshire centre is the original Kingswood Centre and is perfect for Primary school groups as the centre layout isn’t too dissimilar of that of a school and therefore would bring a sense of calmness to anyone that feels nervous about visiting.
Meet our Leadership Team!
We’ve spent some time getting to know them, finding out what makes them tick and getting some insight into what inspired them to join Inspiring Learning and Kingswood...
Martin Robinson, Chairman
"The outcome focused nature of a Kingswood residential, which can be taken in one of our unique locations, really enables all abilities to shine and gives young people skills for life."
Alex Williamson, CEO
“I believe passionately that if we can make every moment count and deliver inspiring, thrilling experiences, they can be a highlight in a young person’s life.”
Nick Hales, Finance Director
"Our passion around the educational outcomes, and the staff we attract as a result, complements the really fun elements of outdoor adventure."
Jerry Brennan, Corporate Development Director
"I am pleased to be working with the team to expand our geographical reach so that we can provide important life experiences to as many young people as possible."
Mike Husband, Sales Director
"I’ve always been a great believer that learning outside the classroom has a huge impact on young people and assists in preparing them for adult life. "
Sarah Farrell, Marketing Director
"In an increasingly digital world, learning and experiencing life both outside the classroom and away from a screen, is vitally important to young people by developing their confidence, social skills and so much more."
Shelley Davison, People Director
I am a firm believer that education is not just about lessons within the four walls of a classroom. Outdoor activities are critical for a child’s development, offer rewarding, purposeful, outcome-related experiences.
Stephen Watson, Executive Director of Skern Lodge
"The opportunity to work for an organisation that enhances the lives of young people really gives me a sense of pride in what we do."
Andy Marsden, President of IL Asia
"I chose to join Inspiring Learning for the opportunity to represent a brand which offers life changing adventures delivers on the desire to feel proud of where you work."